On Monday night in Mexico, this season’s most successful WTA players swapped their tennis clothes for glamorous dresses to attend a private gala at the Palacio Municipal de Zapopan and reveal the draw of the Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara. Thanks to Jimmie48, we have a lot of beautiful photos from the event.
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus rocked a shimmering red velvet dress by Nadine Merabi.
The figure-hugging silhouette features an asymmetric floor sweeping drape and wrap detail. The 23-year-old completed the look with silver high heel sandals.
The top-seeded Sabalenka is part of Group Chichen Itza, together with Maria Sakkari, Iga Swiatek and Paula Badosa.
Reigning French Open singles and doubles champion Barbora Krejcikova chose a romantic, subtly striped white one-shoulder midi dress.
The Czech is in Group Teotihuacan, together with Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and Anett Kontaveit.
In doubles competition, Krejcikova and her doubles partner Katerina Siniakova are part of Group El Tajin.
Former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova, making her fifth straight appearance at the WTA Finals, wore a long-sleeved black mini dress with leopard print skirt and elegant black strap heels.
Maria Sakkari, the first Greek woman who has qualified for the season-ending tournament, wore a blue, deep V-neck dress with night sky motifs. The feminine, ankle-length dress was accessorized with platform heels, wavy hairstyle and drape earrings.
Iga Swiatek chose a mauve wrap nightgown-style dress with ruffled hem and black flats.
Garbine Muguruza, the only player besides Pliskova with experience in the singles competition at the season-ending tournament, wore a high-neck dress with watercolor paint print on the front.
Paula Badosa has made her Top 10 debut this week and it is evident that she is glowing. The Spanish player showed up at the private gala in a tight-fitting long shoulderless black dress by Chanel and black stilettos with white accents on the heels.
Part of the reason behind Badosa’s glow must also be her handsome boyfriend Juan Betancourt, who accompanies her in Guadalajara. He wrote on his Instagram: “How lucky I’m for being by your side when one of your biggest dreams came true. You are a clear example that with hard work, effort and sacrifice you can achieve your goals, proud of you.”
Last-minute qualifier Anett Kontaveit of Estonia opted for a shimmering, pink, sleeveless dress.
The season’s leading doubles teams also attended the glamorous draw ceremony.
Doubles groups at the Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara are as follows:
2. Shuko Aoyama (JPN) & Ena Shibahara (JPN)
4. Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) & Demi Schuurs (NED)
5. Samantha Stosur (AUS) & Zhang Shuai (CHN)
7. Darija Jurak (CRO) & Andreja Klepac (SLO)
Group El Tajin
1. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) & Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
3. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) & Elise Mertens (BEL)
6. Alexa Guarachi (CHI) & Desirae Krawczyk (USA)
8. Sharon Fichman (CAN) & Giuliana Olmos (MEX)
The 50th staging of the WTA Finals is set to begin on Wednesday, November 10th. Total prize pool is five million dollars.